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THINGS YOU JUST CAN'T MISS

Boston Common, The Garden and The Commonwealth Avenue Mall

If the non stop traffic and crowded sidewalks start eating away at your composure, take a few minutes to stroll through one of Boston’s beautiful parks. Boston Common is a favorite spot for locals to relax and play a game of frisbee with friends. Squirrels sprint from tree to tree and dogs of all shapes and sizes urge their owners to stop and play. The Public Garden was the first botanical garden in the United States and its beauty is breathtaking. Hop in one of its elegant swan boats and paddle through the heart of the garden. The Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a path lined with trees and links the Public Garden to the Back Bay Fens. The Mall’s historic trees provide shade from the summer sun, shelter from the winter cold and beauty year-round.

Ben and Jerry's Factory

There was a small herd of us waiting for the tour to begin in the lobby of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Stowe, Vermont. Our tour guide rang a loud cow bell and shouted, “If you’re here for the tour, it’s time to get a mooooove on.” We all chuckled hesitantly and then, not unlike cattle, we moved slowly through the door to the factory. The factory was very small, which surprised us since Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has been such a big success. 33,000 gallons of ice cream are made each day, one flavor taking up the entire factory’s attention for 72 hours at a time. At the end of the tour, we each were given a sample of Cookies And Cream ice cream in a small compostable cup (spoons weren’t provided as the company tries to reduce plastic waste). Nearly 10,000 visitors take the tour every week. That’s a lot of samples.

For those who aren’t satisfied with just a sample, ice cream can be bought at the shop just outside the factory (be prepared to wait a while). A playground and flavor graveyard are just a short walk away as well.

1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Route 100, Waterbury, VT 05676
866-258-6877 $5 - $10 per person

Church Street Marketplace

Walking, shopping and eating are the main activities to enjoy at the Church Street Marketplace. Located smack dab in the middle of Burlington, this stretch of street is only accessible to pedestrians. Breweries, jewelry shops, outfitter stores and many other boutique shops are easily accessible on this street. On Saturdays, the cobblestone street comes alive with food and craft vendors for the Farmer’s Market. If you want to experience this delightful event, be sure to get up early. Most goodies are gone before noon.

Main Street and Pearl. Burlington, VT 05401
802-863-1648

Green Mountain Club

If hiking is what you enjoy most, the Green Mountains in Vermont are an ideal place to spend the week. Home to the Long Trail (the oldest long distance trail in the United States) and parts of the Appalachian trail, the Green Mountains offer unforgettable experiences for every skill level.

The Green Mountain Club has been maintaining and caring for the Long Trail and its dozens of side trails since 1910. The GMC’s mission from the beginning was to bring the mountain wilderness closer to the community and inspire people to go out and explore. Now, with 10,000 members and 1,000 annual volunteers, the GMC is able to provide quality care for all 447 miles of the trail system that run across Vermont. Stop by their hub for information about hiking in the Green Mountains.

4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd. Waterbury Center, VT 05677
802-244-7037

Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

One of the best ways to get acquainted with downtown Boston is to walk the Greenway. During the summer, this stretch of nature features local food trucks, musicians, festivals and much more. In the colder months, the Greenway offers a picturesque trail from which to view the city. Along this newly developed corridor, you’ll find museums, restaurants, playgrounds, mazes, sculptures and more.

Cider Tasting in Vermont

If you have an afternoon and a vehicle to spare, go on a little cider adventure. Vermont is known for the quality of its apples and farmers across the state have been experimenting with just the right ingredients to create drinkable works of art. Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits, Champlain Orchards, Neshobe River Winery and Foley Brothers Brewery, and Woodchuck Hard Cider are just a few of the outstanding organic orchards that have been making tastebuds sing. Also, don’t forget to try a sweet treat at each of these spots. Champlain Orchards is known for its cider donuts.

Lake Champlain. Burlington, Vermont

As with most large bodies of water, Lake Champlain in Vermont commands the undivided attention of the people around it. This vast lake has seen many generations of people come and go as well as the things they have left behind. With incredible efforts made by groups along the waterfront, Lake Champlain has been cleaned of industrial waste and is beginning to reflect its natural beauty again. Go wine tasting along the shore. Take a bike ride along a coastal trail that will bring you out over the water. Rent a sailboat or kayak and keep an eye out for Champ, the legendary lake monster. Bury your toes in the sand and listen to the waves as the wind draws them up onto the shore.

Transportation Tip

Leave the car at the rental station. Boston’s overcrowded streets leave little room for rental cars and Boston drivers have little patience for out-of-towners. Save yourself hours of time and dozens of headaches and keep the rental car fee off your credit card bill. The easiest way to get around Boston is by train; the T to be exact. For six dollars, the T will take you anywhere you want to go and has stations all over the city. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and an energetic attitude and you’ll be across town in only a few minutes. The MBTA system that operates the T has just designed a mobile app that allows you to ride the rail without having to keep a flimsy paper ticket in your pocket.